What a brilliant idea for a comic series: a catto, a doggo, and their unconventional relationship dynamic!
The artist for this one is named Ben Hed. “Pixie is a tiny, joyful, energetic kitten,” Ben Hed said. “She’s innocent, and also somewhat oblivious to the serious, dangerous stuff around her.” The dog in the comics is named Brutus. He is a large German Shephard in comparison to Pixie: “He was adopted by Pixie’s owner after retiring as a Military Working Dog (MWD). Brutus, in many ways, is the exact opposite of Pixie. He’s… seen things. He’s a very serious and intimidating military dog, but he has a soft spot for Pixie, and does what he can to protect her from the harsh realities of the world around them.”
Initially, when this comic started out, Ben had not intended to make this a series, but due to the overwhelming response he received on this work, he decided to give it a go, and we’re definitely glad that he did! The internet absolutely adored both the characters, Pixie and Brutus, and wanted more. So Ben delivered. We cannot wait to share this amazing content with you, so let’s start scrolling to see why this comic series is one of the best things to happen to the internet!
1. Just keep it real, Pixie.
2. Always experimenting.
3. Brutus being merciful.
4. Random information bank.
Ben stated: “I’ve never really included current events in any of my comics.” “It’s not that it’s a conscious decision, it just doesn’t happen naturally for me. Maybe if my comics were more about humans and less about cats and dogs, then it’d be different.” Ben mentioned that the pandemic did not affect his art: “I draw comics alone in a dark room in my own home, so I’m already pretty much quarantined all day!” he added. “Nothing really changed in that regard.”
Well, the good thing is that Ben did not limit his art to Pixie and Brutus comics only, but also decided to write more content on other animals as well. “It’s really just whatever I come up with. Naturally, Pixie and Brutus comics aren’t the only comic ideas that pop into my head. Sometimes I think of a joke or story that doesn’t really fit with P and B, so I make it using other recurring characters or even completely new characters instead,” he said.
The number of fans of the Pixie and Brutus comics has been growing fast. Ben has amassed over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Ben has used this to push himself further: “I do worry about each comic’s performance, but I worried about that before I created Pixie and Brutus too.” He is also inspired by his fans by reading their comments. “Tons of feedback. What they liked about the comic, what they thought was going to happen, ideas for future comics, ideas for new characters. There are probably a couple of funny comics in my feed that are entirely inspired by a comment on one of my posts.”
5. Really milking it
6. Hide-and-seek gone wrong
7. Darn it!
8. Pretend to play gone too far
It’s amazing to see how passionate and committed Ben is to his art and his work! Ben mentioned that creating these comic strips for Pixie and Brutus took him the longest compared to the others: “This comic took longer than any other comic I’ve posted to Instagram, partially because of the length and detail, and partially because of the amount of research I put into it before drawing anything,” Ben said. This clearly shows his effort and commitment and we are rooting for him!
We hope we’ll see lots more comics featuring Pixie and Brutus and their adventures! Let us know what you thought of these comics in the comments section below, and whether you loved them as much as we did. If you want to see more of Ben’s work, feel free to check out Ben’s Instagram account and we can assure you there’s enough content to keep you entertained!